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The intent of this program is to provide Ardent employees with general knowledge and guidelines enabling employees to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control the possibility of infection by the H1N1 Virus.
This H1N1 Virus Awareness Program and Policy is intended for support of, and use by company operations both in business units and project operations. This is a hazard recognition and education focused program and does not imply that any training associated with this program certifies or qualifies any Ardent employee to analyze worksites for presence of the H1N1 Virus.
3.0 Regulatory References
This H1N1 Virus Awareness Program is primarily intended to satisfy the following regulatory requirements: Best Practices
4.0 Policy 4.1 Train Employees – All employees assigned to job-sites shall be 4.2 Hazard Identification & Control – All employees assigned to job-
sites shall participate in the identification, evaluation and control of H1N1 Virus hazards.
4.3 Exposure Limits – No practical method exists for determining safe
or unsafe exposure limits in the fields. Ardent’s program is one of education and awareness aimed at reducing exposure risk.
4.4 Exposure Monitoring – Medical surveillance shall be limited to
documenting confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus among employees and the subsequent medical management of such cases.
5.0 Responsibilities 5.1 Management – Ardent Management is responsible for the following:
• Ensure that the HSE Management System adequately
addresses H1N1 Virus Awareness and that the program is reviewed annually and revised as necessary.
• Provide H1N1Virus Awareness training for all employees.
• Provide resources to address H1N1 Virus related issues.
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• Ensure that confirmed employee infections are adequately
5.2 Supervision – Ardent Supervision is responsible for the following:
• Understand the Ardent H1N1 Virus Awareness program.
• Provide guidance to employees on recognition and control of
• Implement site controls reducing employees’ risk related to H1N1
• Provide on-the-job training for all employees assigned to
• Immediately report suspected H1N1 Virus infection cases to
Operations Manager or the Manager of HS&E.
• Enforce mitigation requirements and provide discipline as
5.3 Employees – Ardent Employees are responsible for the following:
• Participate in and understand H1N1 Virus Awareness training.
• Follow safety rules and guidelines regarding H1N1 Virus
• Perform appropriate mitigation techniques.
• Inform your supervisor if you are experiencing multiple symptoms
as described in Section 6.2 of this Program.
• Inform your supervisor of concerns regarding H1N1 Virus
6.0 What is H1N1 Virus?
Swine flu is a respiratory illness of pigs caused by infection with swine influenza “A” virus (SIV) that can occasionally affect humans.
6.1 H1N1 Virus the Infection – The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that
has infected humans in the U.S. and Mexico is a novel influenza “A” virus that has not previously been identified in North America. This virus is resistant to the antiviral medications(Symmetrel) and (Flumadine), but is sensitive t(Tamiflu) and (Relenza). Investigations of these cases suggest that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring.
6.2 Signs & Symptoms Ardent Services, LLC Safety Manual Page 3 of 5 Revision: O-SS-SPP-0054 H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Awareness Program Rel Date:
• Severe or persistent vomiting • Pain or pressure in the chest or stomach • Difficulty in breathing
7.0 Hazard Recognition & Control 7.1 Recognition Exposure-Humans with direct exposure to pigs are those most commonly infected with swine flu. Human-to-human spread of swine flu viruses have been documented; however, it's not known how easily the spread occurs. Just as the common flu is passed along, swine flu is thought to be spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching something that has the live virus on it. Transmittable-If infected, a person may be able to infect another person one day before symptoms develop; therefore, a person is able to pass the flu on before they know they are sick. Infected individuals may spread the virus for seven or more days after becoming sick. Those with swine flu should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are showing symptoms, and up to seven days or longer from the onset of their illness. Children might be contagious for longer periods of time. 7.2 Control Prevention
The same everyday precautions that you take to prevent other contagious viruses should be used to protect yourself against swine flu. "The best current advice is for individuals to practice good hand hygiene. Periodic hand washing with soap and water, or the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible. Also, avoid touching your
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eyes, nose or mouth, as germs can more easily gain entrance into your body through those areas. Covering your mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough and sneeze is also a good practice.
The CDC recommends avoiding contact with sick people.
Keep your own good health in check with adequate sleep, exercise, and a nutritious diet.
Ardent will provide H1N1 Virus hazard awareness training for all employees.
8.1 Training Content - Training will cover the following topics: 8.2 Personnel Training – Ardent personnel shall receive the following
All employees shall receive H1N1 Virus hazard awareness training.
8.3 Training Frequency - Training and re-training frequency shall be as
H1N1 Virus awareness shall be included as a topic in the Industrial hygiene awareness training and shall be refreshed semi-annually as part of the Toolbox Safety Meeting Program.
9.0 Reporting and Recordkeeping Training - All training shall be record in the Ardent Employee Information Base. Reports – All confirmed H1N1 Virus related events shall be reported. 9.2.1 Incident/Accident Report - All H1N1 Virus events resulting in illness of an employee and confirmed by positive medical tests shall be recorded as Incidents on an Ardent Incident/Accident Report. Near Miss Reports – Due to the nature of the hazard near miss events are impossible to identify. Ardent Services, LLC Safety Manual Page 5 of 5 Revision: O-SS-SPP-0054 H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Awareness Program Rel Date: Control & Retention – Records associated with this program shall be handled in the following manner. Illnesses shall be handled pre the Incident Reporting and Record Keeping Program. Records shall be retained for a minimum of the employee’s duration of employment plus 5 years. 10.0 Attachments
Livestock Production Science 63 (2000) 85–91A comparison of the composition of milks from Meishan andBrenda Alston-Mills *, Sara J. Iverson , Marvin P. Thompsona North Carolina State University , Department of Animal Science , Box 7621 Raleigh , NC 27695, USA b Canadian Institute of Fisheries Technology , Technical University of Nova
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